Come, Follow Me with Living Scriptures | Old Testament Lesson 11: March 7–13 “The Lord Was with Joseph” Genesis 37–41 | Line Upon Line

Come, Follow Me with Living Scriptures | Old Testament Lesson 11: March 7–13 “The Lord Was with Joseph” Genesis 37–41 | Line Upon Line

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Come Follow Me LDS 2022 (Mar 7-13) Genesis 37-41 | Joseph & Jesus – powered by Happy Scribe

Most of us know the story of Joseph of Egypt, who was given a marvelous coat by his father, sold into slavery by his brothers, and is the star of a Broadway musical. Living Scriptures has a fabulous video to help help refresh your memory on this great man. Joseph’s amazing life was one huge master symbol of Christ in many ways. So today let’s focus on some mind blowing ways. The life of Joseph points to the life of the Savior.

Now, just as the Savior is our good Shepherd, Joseph too was a shepherd. Joseph and the Savior were both hated by their brethren. But why was Joseph hated? Well, because he was Jacob’s favorite son and his coat annoyed his brothers. But what really made them mad were the things he often told them of the dreams he often had.

One day, Jacob, now known as Israel, sent Joseph to the field to help his brothers. Unfortunately, because they hated him, they plotted to get rid of Joseph. They stripped him of his coat and Judah had the idea to sell Joseph to the Ishmaelites for the cost of a common slave. Just like Judas sold, Jesus dragged hundreds of miles away to the mighty Kingdom of Egypt. Joseph was bought by Potiphar, captain of the Pharaohs guard.

Joseph was obedient, continually prayed for strength, and was filled with God’s love. Fortunately, Potiphar noticed that everything Joseph did pretty much turned out awesome because the Lord was with him. So he appointed Joseph Overseer of his whole house. However, in Potiphar’s house, there was a big problem. Potiphar’s wife, she tempted Joseph time and again to commit sin.

But he always said, no, how can I sin against God? By the way, a good question to ask ourselves in compromising situations. But she didn’t give up and one day trapped him. Refusing to compromise his integrity, he quickly fled and his cloak tore off, which she then used to falsely accuse him. So Potiphar’s wife framed him and he was cast into prison.

Joseph and Jesus were both falsely accused of sins they didn’t commit and were declared guilty. Yes, unfortunately, sometimes even when we do the right thing, life can get worse. A lot worse. Have you ever felt this way? Joseph chose the right and was faithful, but the rewards didn’t come for many years.

However, these trials weren’t a sign of God’s disapproval. In fact, he had a plan for Joseph and was continually with him. Just as in our trials, he never abandons us. Amazingly, Joseph didn’t lose hope and always remained faithful to the Lord. Now, in prison, the Lord blessed Joseph and he won the respect of the chief jailer who made him Overseer.

This allowed him to have keys to the prison, which means he could have escaped but remained honest and stayed. Jesus likewise could have escaped his pain and suffering at any time by calling down a Legion of Angels to be rescued. But he chose to stay and endure the pain because of his love for us. In prison, Joseph met two unlikely prisoners, the Pharaoh’s head Butler and chief Baker, and was asked to interpret their dreams with the power of God. Joseph predicted that in three days, the Baker would be hanged While the Butler would be saved.

These dreams also point to Jesus, who, like the Baker, was killed but after three days was redeemed like the two years later, Pharaoh woke up in a sweat after some crazy nightmares. He wanted to know what the dreams meant, but none of his counselors could interpret them. Suddenly, the Butler remembered Joseph. So after descending below all in prison, Joseph was finally freed because of his Godgiven power to interpret dreams. Eventually, the power of God will free all of us from spirit prison.

Now, Pharaoh’s dreams predicted seven years filled with bounteous harvest, Followed by seven years of famine. With Joseph’s interpretations, he urged Farrow to make preparations to save his people and offered many suggestions. Pharaoh was so impressed with his wise counsel that he appointed Joseph to oversee saving Egypt. By the way, Joseph, like Jesus, was 30 years old when he began his saving Ministry. After stockpiling tons of food for seven years.

When the seven years of famine struck Egypt, Joseph distributed life saving food and bread and the people saw him as a savior. This reminds us of our savior Jesus Christ, the bread of life. Eventually, because Joseph never forsook the Lord, he was blessed to be in the right place to save the lives of his father brothers and the entire house of Israel. Joseph’s brothers visited him twice in Egypt But didn’t recognize him the first time. At their second coming, Joseph revealed himself and saved them.

As they begged his forgiveness, he freely forgave and comforted those who had betrayed him. Joseph truly became a great Prophet. Whether he was on top of the world or in the depths of betrayal in prison, he always tried to be the very best version of himself. He descended from greatness and was one of the twelve sons of Israel. His two sons were Ephraim and Manassa.

And if you’re part of one of those tribes, Then you are a part of the tribe of Joseph. So how Mary other similarities can you see between the lives of Joseph and Jesus Christ? Next week we get the special treat of living scriptures, Joseph reunion.

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The Lord is With Us

Genesis 37-41 | March 7-13

Jacob (now Israel) and Rachel had a son named Joseph. Because Joseph was the son of his favorite wife, he was Israel’s favorite son and his brothers were jealous. Joseph had dreams about his brothers bowing down to him and that made his brothers more angry. They decided to get rid of Joseph. Instead of killing him they decided to throw him in a pit in the wilderness. As they were about to throw him in the pit some Ishmaelite merchants came by. Joseph’s brothers sold him to the Ishmaelites as a slave.

Joseph was taken to Egypt and sold to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s army. The Lord was with Joseph and soon Potiphar saw that Joseph was a good man. He put him in charge of his household. Potiphar’s wife tried to tempt Joseph, but Joseph refused. She accused Joseph of attacking her and Joseph was put in prison.

While in prison Pharaoh’s baker and butler had dreams and wondered what they meant. Joseph had a gift from God to interpret dreams. He correctly interpreted the dreams of the baker and the butler. Later when Pharaoh had a dream to be interpreted the butler remembered Joseph.

Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream, telling him that there would be seven years of plenty in Egypt and then seven years of famine. Pharaoh saw that Joseph was wise and put him in charge of preparing Egypt for the coming famine. Because Joseph was faithful, the Lord blessed him through his trials. Joseph was able to help Egypt and his family be prepared for the famine.

Genesis 37: Jacob loves and favors Joseph, who is hated by his brothers—Joseph dreams that his parents and brothers make obeisance to him—His brothers sell him into Egypt.

Genesis 38: Judah has three sons by a Canaanite woman—Er and Onan are slain by the Lord—Tamar, disguised as a harlot, bears twins by Judah.

Genesis 39: Joseph, prospered by the Lord, becomes ruler of Potiphar’s house—He resists the advances of Potiphar’s wife, is falsely accused, and is cast into prison—The keeper of the prison commits the prison’s affairs into Joseph’s hands.

Genesis 40: Joseph interprets the dreams of Pharaoh’s chief butler and chief baker—The butler fails to tell Pharaoh about Joseph.

Genesis 41: Pharaoh dreams of the cattle and the ears of grain—Joseph interprets the dreams as seven years of plenty and seven of famine—He proposes a grain storage program—Pharaoh makes him ruler of all Egypt—Joseph marries Asenath—He gathers grain as the sand upon the seashore—Asenath bears Manasseh and Ephraim—Joseph sells grain to Egyptians and others during the famine.

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Scripture

Genesis 39:3

“And his master saw that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper in his hand.”

Questions

  • What kinds of trials did Joseph face?
  • What kinds of trials do you face?
  • Why does a loving Heavenly Father want us to experience trials and hardship?
  • How can we learn lessons from our trials?
  • How can the things we learn help us to be happier?

Quote

“As we look for humor, seek for the eternal perspective, understand the principle of compensation, and draw near to our Heavenly Father, we can endure hardship and trial. We can say, as did my mother, ‘Come what may, and love it.’” Joseph B. Wirthlin

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We can be happy knowing the Lord is with us even when times are tough. Learn to find happiness in hard situations and blessings in trials.

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I Will Follow God’s Plan, Children’s Songbook page 164

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